Oproep tot ambitieuzere doelstellingen voor energie-efficiency en CO2-uitstoot
Samen met tien andere bedrijven heeft Unilever de lidstaten van de EU opgeroepen op 23 en 24 oktober een ambitieuzer standpunt in te nemen ten aanzien van energie-efficiency, hernieuwbare hulpbronnen en klimaatverandering. (Bericht alleen uitgegeven in het Engels.)
Call for more ambitious energy and GHG emissions targets
London / Rotterdam / Brussels, 14 October 2014 - Unilever, together with ten other companies, calls upon the European Member States to adopt an ambitious position on energy efficiency, renewables and climate change on 23 and 24 October, including a binding greenhouse gas emissions reduction target way beyond 40%, a binding 40% renewable energy target and a binding 40% energy efficiency target by 2030.
At the October summit the EU Member States will decide on the EUs position for the Paris UN Climate Change Conference (COP) to be held in 2015. The objective of the Paris UN Climate Change Conference (COP) in September 2015 is to achieve, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, a binding and universal agreement on climate, across the world.
Paul Polman, Unilever CEO: “We know that the economic cost of inaction is now greater than action. For the UN Climate Change Conference to be a success next year in Paris, Europe needs to set itself bold targets on greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency that are an example to the rest of the world.
The recent New Climate Economy Report clearly states that investing in energy efficiency and renewables makes sound business sense. Our politicians must show leadership. We need clarity, confidence and courage from them - without the right policy frameworks and political signals, even the most determined business action will not reach the scale we need to make a real difference.”
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Working to create a better future every day, we help people feel good, look good and get more out of life. Our portfolio includes some of the world’s best known brands, 14 of which - Knorr, Persil / Omo, Dove, Sunsilk, Hellmann’s, Surf, Lipton, Rexona / Sure, Wall’s ice cream, Lux, Flora / Becel, Rama / Blue Band, Magnum and Axe / Lynx - now generate a turnover of €1 billion or more.
Our ambition is to double the size of our business, whilst reducing our overall environmental footprint (including sourcing, consumer use and disposal) and increasing our positive social impact. We are committed to helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being, sourcing all our agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020, and decoupling our growth from our environmental impact. Supporting our three big goals, we have defined nine commitments, underpinned by targets encompassing social, environmental and economic areas. See more on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan at www.unilever.com/sustainable-living/
Unilever has been ranked number one in their sector in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. We are included in the FTSE4Good Index Series and attained a top environmental score of 5, leading to inclusion in the FTSE4Good Environmental Leaders Europe 40 Index. Unilever has been named sector leader of the CDP’s Forests programme for three consecutive years, and in 2014 led the list of Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders in the GlobeScan/SustainAbility annual survey - for the fourth year running. Unilever was named LinkedIn’s third most sought-after employer worldwide in 2013.
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